The National Geographic’s new book, “17 of the World’s Most Wild and Beautiful Places” placed the Philippines’ Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Central Visayas at 15th spot of “picture-perfect journeys”.

“The conical Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island in the Philippines are a mystery of nature. The estimated 1,776 grass-covered, coral limestone karst domes are nearly uniform in shape. And though lush foliage paints the mounds a vibrant green much of the year, in the driest months the rain-starved landscape resembles row after row of giant chocolate drops,” the National Geographic website states.

The Chocolate Hills spread over an approximately 50 square kilometer area with some standing from 30 to 50 meters high are named as such since they change from green to chocolate brown according to the season.

National Geographic’s Abby Sewell describes: “The Chocolate Hills have given rise to several origin legends. According to one story, a giant who had been disappointed in love wept, and the hills grew where his tears fell. In another version, a pair of giants went to war and lobbed boulders at each other for days. The giants eventually resolved their differences, but the mounds remained where the rocks landed.”

The Chocolate Gills was declared by the Philippines’ National Committee on Geological Sciences as a National Geological Monument and was nominated for inclusion to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Heritage Sites.